Light­ing up lives of home­less

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Kewdale -

PERTH’S home­less pop­u­la­tion will get a help­ing hand from Curtin in­te­rior ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dents.

The stu­dents have part­nered with Vic­to­ria Park’s Unit­ing Care West to cre­ate the ex­hi­bi­tion Lu­minoc­ity at the State The­atre, which raises aware­ness of Perth’s grow­ing home­less pop­u­la­tion.

Curtin School of Built En­vi­ron­ment as­so­ciate lec­turer Ana Calic said the third-year stu­dents worked with Unit­ingCare West to cre­ate light­ing pro­to­types com­bin­ing func­tional and aes­thetic qual­i­ties to pro­vide the gift of light.

“The project ini­ti­ates di­a­logue about so­cial is­sues through de­sign, rais­ing aware­ness,” she said.

“Our aim was to pro­vide in­no­va­tive and con­cep­tual light­ing so­lu­tions and pos­si­bil­i­ties for peo­ple liv­ing home­less in the Perth CBD who are re­ceiv­ing Unit­ingCare West support. We thought about ways de­sign could pos­i­tively af­fect peo­ple who are liv­ing home­less. At the same time, we wanted to cre­ate a new aware­ness for home­less­ness through the con­cep­tual de­sign of a so­lar pow­ered light.

“This opened the doors to ap­proach­ing so­cial and phys­i­cal is­sues through de­sign.”

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